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At least 9 killed in Iran protests over woman’s death

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (TN) – At least nine people have died in clashes between Iranian security forces and protesters angry over the death of a 22-year-old woman in police custody, as violence broke out on Thursday, according to a tally . by Today Nation News.

Iran’s continuing unrestThe worst in several years is still unclear as protesters in more than a dozen cities – venting anger over social repression and the country’s growing crisis – continue to confront security and paramilitary forces.

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Iran’s biggest telecommunications operator shut down mobile internet access again on Thursday in a bid to prevent protests from spreading, Netblox, a group that monitors internet access, described the sanctions as the most severe since 2019.

An anchor on Iran’s state television suggested the death toll from the mass protests could rise to 17 on Thursday, but did not say how he reached that figure.

In a country where radio and television stations are already state-controlled and journalists routinely face the threat of arrest, the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard on Thursday posted “fake news and rumours” on social media about unrest from the judiciary. urged to prosecute the perpetrators”. widespread outage Instagram and WhatsApp used by the protesters also continued on Thursday.

WhatsApp tweeted that it is “working to keep our Iranian friends connected and will do anything within our technical capability to keep our service running.”

demonstration in Iran What began as an emotional outcry over the death of a young woman, Mehsa Amini, for allegedly violating a strictly enforced dress code by the country’s ethics police. His death has drawn sharp condemnation from the United States, the European Union and the United Nations.

US government sanctions Morality on the leaders of the police and other Iranian security agencies, saying they “regularly commit violence to suppress peaceful protesters.”

Iranian police say Amini died of a heart attack and was not abused, but her family has cast doubt on her. Independent UN experts said on Thursday that reports suggest he was severely beaten up by morality police without providing evidence.

According to the reporter’s lawyer Mohammadli Kamfirouzi, journalist Nilofer Hamidi, who took photographs at the hospital after Amini’s death, was arrested on Thursday. He said that his house has been raided. There was no official comment.

Protests over the past five days have turned into an open challenge to the government, with women removing and burning their state-mandated headscarves in the streets and Iranians calling for the fall of the Islamic republic.

“Death of the dictator!” This has been a common practice in protests.

They are the most serious demonstrations since 2019, when protests erupted over a government hike in petrol prices. Rights groups say hundreds were killed in the crackdown, the deadliest violence since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The latest protests are equally widespread but seem to have much broader support among the population, with Iranians from all walks of life expressing anger at Amini’s death and the government’s treatment of women.

Iran’s state media this week reported demonstrations in at least 13 cities, including the capital Tehran. Videos online showed security forces firing tear gas and using water cannons to disperse hundreds of protesters. London-based Amnesty International said officers also shot birds and beat protesters with sticks.

Footage on social media from the northern city of Tabriz showed a young man bleeding in a street allegedly shot by security forces as protesters shouted for help.

Another video showed a policeman firing a gun at a protester who was tearing down pro-government billboards in northern Khorasan province. It is not clear whether he was injured.

In another video, protesters can be seen burning a giant billboard showing Qasem Soleimani – Iran’s top general who was killed in a US airstrike – in his hometown of Kerman. Soleimani enjoys prestigious status among government supporters.

At least nine people have been killed in the confrontation, according to TN calculations based on statements from Iran’s official and semi-official media. In a statement on Thursday, the Guard accused “enemies of Iran” of the unrest.

The provincial police chief in Amini’s home province of Kurdistan said four protesters were shot dead. In Kermanshah, the prosecutor said two demonstrators were killed, insisting that the bullets were not fired by Iran’s security forces.

According to semi-official media reports, three people belonging to Basij, a volunteer force under guard, were killed in clashes in the cities of Shiraz, Tabriz and Mashhad, bringing the death toll by officials from both sides to at least nine. .

Deputy governor Ruhollah Solgi said that in the northern province of Mazandaran, angry mobs damaged or set fire to more than 40 government properties and injured 76 security officials.

Iran has been battling waves of protests in recent days, mainly on the long-running economic crisis caused by Western sanctions linked to its nuclear program. Citizens also blame the corruption and mismanagement of the government.

The Biden administration and European allies are working to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, in which Iran curbed its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief, but talks have been at a standstill for months.

From New York, where Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi took the stage on Wednesday At the United Nations General Assembly, CNN’s chief international anchor Kristian Amanpour said she planned to confront Raisi about the protests in what would be her first US-based interview.

But Amanpur wrote on Twitter that Raisi was not a show. An aide told her that the president refused to attend unless she wore a headscarf, given the “state of Iran”. The Iranian government has not commented on the incident.

“I could not agree with this unprecedented and unexpected situation,” wrote the British-Iranian anchor next to a photo of Raisi’s empty chair.

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